This book aims to find an explanation for the seeming lack of interest among average Americans in the country's foreign policies and ventures, which usually require vast amount of resources but, as recent history has shown, are not always in the country's best interest. It begins with laying out a theory that seeks to explain why, normally, most people are not interested in foreign affairs. This theory centers on the primacy of local space and time in people's lives. It could be argued that the nature of democracy in the US centers on competing interest groups and not on individuals. To support this argument, several historical and contemporary examples are provided that show how lobbies influence the country's foreign conduct. The book ends with serious doubts about whether the foreign policies pursued by the government are truly in the interest of the nation as a whole or of some very powerful factions.
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